This was something I noticed already in the mid 1980s when I attended Paco Penas school in Cordoba... the classical players all had substantial nails (for the era) and the Flamencos played with generally much shorter...not all, of course, but it seemed most preferred short nails.rojarosguitar wrote:...BTW some of great flamenco players - not long ago the domain of nail mania almost - play with quite short nails. Recently I took part in a workshop with Antonio Rey, who is one of the young (or maybe not anymore so young) kings of picado and a great flamenco player - very short nails!
I recently had an experience with a nail-less professional lutenist playing one of my period guitars (he also plays 19th century guitars) and after we discovered the proper strings to suit his style and taste, I was astonished at the volume he could get out of the guitar. It is a different tone, of course, but honestly I have not heard one of the particular model guitars of mine played louder and with such little effort needed to achieve that volume.scy932 wrote:Some guitarists play without nails but with nails you can increase the volume of the guitar.
I'm astonished to see Sharon Isbin listed there Rob. In the photo of her in the SoloEtte advert her nails are much longer than mine!RobMacKillop wrote: I am in the process of creating a website devoted to no-nails classical guitar playing.
Indeed. I was interested that she mentioned the need to toughen RH callouses after taking nails down. I had a week without nails for my videos on the Batov, and was surprised how sore the tips sometimes felt. I'd have thought they'd be OK after all the soft stuff contacts the string normally anyway. Maybe the crucial bit is the portion of skin where the nail ramp carries the string away. With the nail absent, that portion is then the last, perhaps more pressurised, portion to contact the string.RobMacKillop wrote:Undoubtedly she has tried, used and enjoyed playing without nails.